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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Sheryl Sandberg attend college for her undergraduate degree?
(a) U.C. Berkeley.
(b) The University of Pennsylvania.
(c) Harvard University.
(d) Rutgers University.

2. The author asserts in Chapter 4: “It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder,” “Just as I believe everyone should have a long-term dream, I also believe everyone should have” what?
(a) “A six-month plan.”
(b) “An eighteen-month plan.”
(c) “A one-year plan.”
(d) “A two-year plan.”

3. Who is the chairman of the Washington Post Company that the author describes having met while working in Washington, D.C. over fifteen years ago in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”
(a) Josh Steiner.
(b) Tim Geithner.
(c) Don Graham.
(d) Garrett Neiman.

4. Who was the dean that invited Sheryl Sandberg to speak in an interview with him at Harvard Business School in 2011?
(a) Leymah Gbowee.
(b) Nitin Nohria.
(c) Dr. Peggy McIntosh.
(d) Shankar Vedantam.

5. Who is the New York University professor that co-ran an experiment to test perceptions of women and men in the workplace in the 2003 study discussed in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”?
(a) Justin Osofsky.
(b) Josh Steiner.
(c) Bob Steel.
(d) Cameron Anderson.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is described in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability” as the founder and CEO of Facebook?

2. Who is described in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?” as the founder of CollegeSpring, “a nonprofit that provides SAT tutoring and college counseling to low-income students”?

3. The author states in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table” that when Facebook filed to go public, what newspaper “ran an article that kindly reminded me—and everyone else—that I had ‘been lucky’ and ‘had powerful mentors along the way’”?

4. Who is cited in Chapter 4: “It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder” as having conceived the metaphor that “careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder”?

5. What children’s clothing company is described in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap” as having once sold onesies for boys that said “Smart like Daddy” and onesies for girls that said “Pretty like Mommy”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the outcome discovered in the study described in the beginning of Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”?

2. What does the author say regarding the progress that has been made regarding gender equality in the past 100 years in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution”?

3. What does Sheryl Sandberg say must be overcome in order to reach true gender equality in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution”?

4. How does Sandberg describe her own process of choosing mentees in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”

5. How does the author describe the disparity between the treatment of male and female behaviors at a young age in Chapter 1: “The Leadership Ambition Gap”?

6. What academic award does the author describe receiving in business school in Chapter 3: “Success and Likeability”?

7. Why does the author prefer to view the system of corporate advancement as a jungle gym rather than a ladder?

8. How does the author propose overcoming “impostor syndrome” in Chapter 2: “Sit at the Table”?

9. How does the author equate mentorship with Prince Charming in Chapter 5: “Are You My Mentor?”

10. Where was Sheryl Sandberg working when she became pregnant with her first child? How is this experience described in the Introduction: “Internalizing the Revolution”?

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